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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Christmas Lights In Minnesota

‘Tis the season to hop in the car with the family and take an evening drive to see all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Some houses have a string or two, while others go all out. So we asked where to find the best Christmas lights in Minnesota, and you picked a spectacular display in Willmar that took 900 hours to put up. And this isn’t a city display — it’s just one family’s house and yard.

12/11/2014

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Make-A-Wish Sends Kids On A Flight To The North Pole

Some Minnesota kids took a trip to a place most of us dream about visiting Tuesday night. They didn’t escape winter by heading someplace warm. They hopped a flight to the North Pole!

12/09/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Holiday Show In Minnesota

‘Tis the season to watch your favorite Christmas classic – “A Christmas Story.” Now imagine bringing those memories to life with song and dance. You voted “A Christmas Story, The Musical” the best holiday show in Minnesota. Sharon Hailey is the show’s director and choreographer.

12/04/2014

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Mpls. Company Creates Quirky Arby’s Ad

There’s a new ad about to hit the airwaves that’s…unusual. In fact, it’s a giant apology from Arby’s to Pepsi. The whole ad consists of a shot of a pint of Pepsi in a white room. WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus spoke with the Minneapolis-based ad agency that saved the day after a big mistake.

12/02/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Place To Cut Down Your Own Tree

There’s something about cutting down your own tree. It’s an experience. Just like the Fraser fir and balsam, the Wolcyn Tree Farm, and family, continues to grow.

11/27/2014

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What To Know When Gym Shopping

We all need to exercise, but it’s pretty easy to find an excuse to skip a workout if you don’t have a gym, or if you’re going to the wrong one. Whether basic, big box, or boutique — not all are created equal. Small health clubs like Snap and Anytime Fitness offer a no-frills workout. They never shut off the lights. “Obviously we’re open anytime. That’s 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even on holidays.

11/26/2014

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WCCO Journalists Turn Into Detectives At Murder Mystery Dinner

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays? The Dinner Detective is an interactive murder mystery dinner theater experience. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on dinner.

11/22/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Taproom In Minnesota

Like every other business in Excelsior, John Klick is preparing to open for the day. But there’s none like this in the area. It’s not just a brewery, and not just a bar. It’s a taproom! “It’s an awesome environment that a brewery can create all their own beers, they can only serve their own beers, you can’t serve hard alcohol, you can’t serve anybody else’s beer,” Klick said.

11/20/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Dry Cleaner In Minn.

Derek Engler is in the third generation of the family that started Pilgrim Dry Cleaners in Brooklyn Park. “Pilgrim started in 1940 with my grandfather. It continued with his daughter, my mother, Bonnie Engler. I came on in 2009,” Derek said. He says clothes are cleaned in a solvent-based method that’s green, organic and environmentally friendly.

11/13/2014

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Celebs, Pop Singers, Speakers Wow ‘We Day’ Crowd In St. Paul

Eighteen-thousand kids brought the energy to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Wednesday for We Day. Those who earned their way in through service saw celebs like Magic Johnson, rocked out with today’s hottest musicians and heard inspirational stories from speakers like J.R. Martinez, a soldier injured in Iraq who turned tragedy into strength. “I am where I am because of the support that I received from my community, and that empowered me not to hide behind a curtain, but instead show the world my scars and be proud of them,” Martinez said.

11/12/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Sausage In Minnesota

Back in the day, every town had to have a meat market. They were a necessity, says Ryan Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet. “Meat markets, butcher shops in small towns used to service a 10-mile area of the farmers that surrounded that,” Schmidt said. “They didn’t have a cold storage, so they would rent lockers from butcher shops and meat markets.” Nowadays, only some towns are lucky enough to still have one.

11/06/2014

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WCCO Viewer’s Choice For Best Haunted Landmark In MN

This Friday, little ghosts and goblins will ring your door bell looking for a trick or treat. But if it’s real scares you’re looking for, there’s one place in Minnesota that is the best. This isn’t the kind of place that will make you jump with fright, but it may make your skin crawl.

10/30/2014

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Good Question: Will We Ever Be Wallet Free?

Owners of the iPhone 6 registered more than 1 million credit cards on Apple Pay in the first three days the service was offered. The app lets people pay for goods with their phone. In theory, when enough stores sign up, you won’t have to carry a credit card. For many people, cash has already been replaced by credit.

10/28/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Costume Shop

The name is simple, but the insides aren’t. Minneapolis’ Costume Rentals holds one-of-a-kind costumes you can’t find anywhere else. It’s a non-descript building in Northeast Minneapolis. The type you’d drive right by.

10/23/2014

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St. Paul Woman’s Knitting Hobby Becomes Thriving Business

Everyone dreams of turning their hobby into a job, but not many people get to do it or are brave enough to. But one young lady took a leap of faith and turned her knitting hobby into a thriving business. Her name is Jessie McShane, founder of Wool and Whiskey. In Minnesota, we fight the cold any way we can. A hot drink, a blaze in the fireplace — or maybe some wool and some whiskey?

10/18/2014

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